My wife, I, and another couple recently returned from a week at the Grand Mayan San Jose del Cabo. The decor and grounds are exquisite and beautiful. It looks exactly like the pictures on the website! The grounds are impeccable; the rooms are huge and perfectly clean. Staff is constantly working, picking up, service is amazing, and gratuity is added to every ticket. Remember that!
This is our fifth trip to Mexico in the past few years and this resort is just breathtaking compared to many others.
We stayed in adjoining rooms (suite) that connected to a kitchen that was stocked with dishes and pots, a small refrigerator, but NO dishwasher. You will notice a sign on the counter stating that you will be charged if you leave dirty dishes after you checkout, or use the paper towels and or the bottle water. They put thought into things like granite countertops and mosaic backsplash, but no dishwasher. Our room had a jacuzzi in the bathroom that was connected to the bedroom with sliding doors, while our friends had a plunge pool on their deck (our deck also, as they have a sliding door that slides up when both rooms our rented).
The food and drinks are VERY EXPENSIVE, so we never ate at the resort, but did have a two for one drink around the pool at Happy Hour (after 12:00 pm) every day. San Jose and Cabo San Lucas are filled with amazing food of all kinds. Do not stay in the hotel; go into the towns and explore!! The "Urbano" bus for about $.80 goes to downtown San Jose or to the Mega for grocery shopping. Don’t be afraid to take the bus, the bellboys helped us the first time, then the locals would always ask where we were going and when to get off. On the way back to the Grand Mayan, tell the driver when you get on “Grand Mayan”, he will then automatically stop at the hotel.
If you are reading this review, then you can look up restaurants in both Cabo San Jose and Cabo San Lucas. A couple of places not to miss are Fiorenza (we ate there twice - have the concierge make reservations and you will need a cab), and Flora's Field Kitchen (once again, you will need reservations and will need to take a cab). The restaurants in both Cabos that are listed in Trip Advisor are expensive, so look at the prices on the web site. Some suggestions near the Grand Mayan are Habanero’s (3 long blocks north of the hotel), El Herradero (4 blocks north at the street where the fire hall is located then 500 feet to the West), or Don Sanchez Restaurante (6 - 7 blocks north of the hotel). If you do not want to walk, take the Urbano for all three restaurants.
The Mega shopping center (located the opposite direction of downtown San Jose) is a Huge grocery store that is dirt-cheap and is full of fresh fruit, vegetables, a bakery, a seafood market, and anything you would need. We walked to the Mega store the first day – bought groceries – and took a cab back. For trips from the hotel to the downtown area and back or to near the Mega it is a flat rate of $5 US or $50 Peso. You can get from San Jose to Los Cabos and back by taking a Subercabos bus, which runs perhaps every 15 minutes from a spot across the highway from the Mega just south of the traffic circle. A one-way fare is $27 pesos per person; I think they only take pesos. These busses are air-conditioned. The Concierge can provide you more information on the Subercabos bus. The hotel shuttle is another option, but it costs $16 US /$160 pesos one-way) and runs at 5 fixed times per day– but does not run on Sunday.
There are some negatives to the Grand Mayan that are covered well in other reviews: pool water is cold (in eight days, we never saw a person at the swim-up bar), no swimming in the ocean, no beach chairs and umbrellas to lay on in the sand, Time Share sales (we were very firm at check-in that we were not interested and they left us alone, although we did unplugged our phones the second and third mornings in order to miss the “invitation” (around 9:00 am because they know if you attended the breakfast that day) to the free breakfast where they pitch the time shares.
The Grand Mayan is very beautiful, but it should not be the place where you spend your entire vacation.
- Also Known As:
- The Grand Mayan Los Cabos Hotel
- The Grand Mayan Los Cabos Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
- Wyndham San Jose Del Cabo
- San Jose Del Cabo Wyndham
- Cabos Grand Los Mayan
- The Grand Mayan Los Cabos San Jose Del Cabo